About Al Blunt

Al Blunt received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and has worked on oncology programs at Covance for the past 16 years. His clinical trial experience covers a wide variety of anticancer drug classes including cytotoxic chemotherapy, tyrosine kinase inhibitors and immunotherapies, including therapeutic vaccines and immune checkpoint modulators.

The Remarkable Rebirth of Cancer Immunotherapy

Change is in the Air
There’s reason for new hope in the ongoing battle against cancer. From standing-room-only presentations of provocative data at cancer conferences, to landmark publications and new drugs approvals, the signs are multiple and clear. Harnessing the immune system as an anti-cancer therapy–a strategy that has yet to fully deliver on its promise– is now the most exciting area of oncology drug development.

Covance Cancer Cells Blog

Immune Surveillance: an Invisible Malignancy Sentinel
The first chapter in the story of cancer immunotherapy is a tale that provides perspective on how evolving scientific insight serves as a backdrop to the interplay between human hopes and the sometimes capricious nature of medical advances. But that story is well beyond the scope of the next 800 or so words. However, we can take advantage of hindsight to consider some of the key lessons learned.  Continue reading